By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 - 9:39 am
This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his budget plan for New York, which is designed to close a $10 billion gap without raising taxes.  This means cuts, cuts, cuts. Local schools districts stand to see their budgets sliced by ten to twenty percent... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 - 11:25 am
Among the local projects that watched their funding evaporate last week, when Senate Republicans voted down a $1.2 trillion budget package: A $500,000 earmark for fighting Asian longhorned beetle. The Daily Mail reports: Several earmarks destined for the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 - 9:28 pm
Lisa Barrows, the Delaware County DWI Coordinator, in front of her office door in Delhi. Photo by Julia Reischel. This story has been updated with new information as of 12:30pm, 12/10/10. Scroll to the bottom to read the update. Unlikely as it sounds,... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 - 11:53 am
The Daily Freeman's Jay Braman broke the news today that Belleayre Ski Center is going to see some nasty job cuts: Belleayre Mountain Superintendent Tony Lanza delivered bad news today to ski center employees. Lanza said he told staff members that top... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 - 12:45 pm
Sidney, NY Town Meeting - Nov. 4, 2010 from Haqqani OSMANLI on Vimeo. The town of Sidney's plan to move a Sufi cemetery and the two bodies buried there splashed into the national news cycle in September. Two months later, the scandal is expanding to... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010 - 11:45 am
The Greene County Council on the Arts, which was preparing to lose its shirt in the economic meltdown two months ago, has been saved by donations, the Daily Freeman reports. Earlier: New York State: Putting the "starving" back in 'artist"
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 - 2:08 pm
Announced today: The awarding of $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds earmarked for education -- a.k.a. "Race To The Top" funding -- to nine states and the District of Columbia. Including New York.  In the first round, New York placed 15th out of 16... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 - 10:36 am
There's a saying: Unions eat their young. Sullivan County's largest union just agreed to substantial reductions in benefits for new workers, the Times Herald-Record reports: Members of Teamster's Local 445 voted 183-103 Wednesday to OK a two-year, 10... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 - 12:11 pm
There's been some pain for just about everybody in the New York State budget this year. But the budget cuts have been especially tough on state-funded arts organizations. The Catskill Daily Mail has one word for the state of arts funding in New York: "... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 - 9:28 am
The New York state Senate had a few surprises up its sleeve last night, and for once, they weren't about Pedro Espada. Not only did the senators finally pass the long overdue state budget, they then quickly debated and passed Senate Bill 8129B, which bans... Read more


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